When you wander through craft store aisles, you are bound to come across an aisle dedicated to wood products. This is where you will find wooden letters in a variety of typefaces and sizes, some finished in white and black and some unfinished. Then, if we venture over to our favorite how-to inspiration board on Pinterest, you will see nurseries with babies’ names hung on the wall and family initials gracing bookshelves. But how do they make these letters and words?
Hi, it’s Tonya, and I’m sharing a few ideas for making DIY wood letters to decorate your home.
Decorative wooden letters are simple to make, and you will probably already have most of the supplies on hand.
- Wood letter
- Mod Podge
- Paint and a brush
- Scrapbook paper, photos, gift wrap, fabric, drawer liners, posters, book pages – the possibilities are endless
As you can see from my list of supplies above, you can use almost anything to customize your wooden letters. For a child’s bedroom, you could use a poster of their favorite singer or actor or book pages (find old, torn books at a local thrift store). Book pages are fantastic if you are doing a themed room such as dinosaurs or fairies, and there is no shortage of books with beautiful images that people drop off at thrift stores, where you can pick them up for a dollar or two.
Begin by painting your letter. I usually do at least two coats, depending on the type of paint and color. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next one.
I chose to use scrapbook paper for this letter because the color and pattern were exactly what I was looking for.
Lay your wooden letter over the top of whatever you chose to decorate it with. Trace around it and cut it out.
Using Mod Podge, adhere your paper to the wooden letter. Set it aside to dry.
Using the sandpaper, go around the edges of your wood. You can expose as much of the wood as you like, or you may choose not to do this step and leave a clean look. Personally, I love the slightly weathered look.
Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the top to protect your piece, and you are ready to put it on display. As an alternative, you could attach a picture hanger to the back of your letter to hang it on the wall.
This is also a great project for holiday decor. Custom letters would look fabulous displayed on the mantel for Christmas and Easter, or for any occasion really.